Microsoft Releases Windows Automotive 5.0 for Accelerating Customized In-Vehicle System Development

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Since its initial release in 1998, Windows Automotive has been embraced by developers, suppliers and original equipment manufacturers worldwide. The latest version of the software platform builds on this success, delivering the tools designed to help expedite the development of reliable and robust in-vehicle scenarios, all at lower cost to the automotive industry.

Windows Automotive 5.0 was co-developed by Microsoft teams in Redmond, Wash., and Tokyo in an effort to meet the differing needs of automotive industry worldwide. Currently, world-class automotive device suppliers including Alpine Electronics Inc., Clarion Co. Ltd., Kenwood Corp., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd., Mitsubishi Electric Corp., Pioneer Corp. and Tottori Sanyo Electric are using the Windows Automotive platform to develop a broad range of solutions ranging from digital radios and hands-free kits to high-end 3-D navigation systems.

“Microsoft’s Windows Automotive software platform provides our developers with essential building blocks for creating our in-vehicle technology,” said Satoshi Soma, general manager of AVNC Product Development at Alpine Electronics Inc. “Using Windows Automotive at the core, we have been able to deliver more innovative, higher-quality devices to automakers and consumers than ever before.”

About the Microsoft Automotive Business Unit

Since 1995, Microsoft’s Automotive Business Unit has worked collaboratively with the auto industry to deliver reliable, flexible technology designed for advanced in-car navigation, communication and infotainment systems. Whether through its Windows Mobile™ for Automotive software stack and hardware reference design or Windows Automotive software platform, the Automotive Business Unit is dedicated to providing reliable, flexible technology solutions to suppliers and OEMs worldwide. Microsoft technology is available today in 27 preinstalled and 28 dealer-option/aftermarket devices from 18 world-class automakers and suppliers, including BMW, CitroŽn, DaimlerChrysler, Fiat, Honda, Hyundai, Toyota and Volvo.

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